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Iraq is frequently at odds with regional neighbours over water issues. The country depends on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers for nearly all of its water. Millions of Iraqis face an intolerably harsh summer, which is causing alarm and creating major water shortages in the country. The rivers, which account for more than 90 per cent of Iraq’s freshwater, were at historically low levels due to a lack of winter rainfall in the region and snowmelt, primarily in the mountains of southern Turkey, which feeds into the rivers.
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